Of Note: Free Fun Fridays offer visitors no-cost admission to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts. This program was created by the Highland Street Foundation to increase access and enrichment opportunities for children and families throughout Massachusetts during the summer months. See the schedule.
Many of the organizations involved are also participating in our (Mass Cultural Council) EBT Card to Culture program which provides another way for those who qualify to enjoy the benefits of these organizations in a potentially less crowded manner.
Artist, Writers Residency Fellowships The Vermont Studio Center offers all artists and writers applying at the 6/15/2018 fellowship deadline consideration for one of 25 VSC Fellowships. Every VSC residency includes a private room, private studio space, and all meals. The Vermont Studio Center is a vibrant, diverse community of artists situated in Vermont’s northern Green Mountains. Each month we they have more than 50 writers and visual artists from across the country and around the globe to their historic campus along the Gihon River in the town of Johnson, Vermont. Residencies range from 2 to 12 weeks and offer residents unrestricted time for creative work, along with daily opportunities to engage with fellow artists. Our monthly program includes slide nights, readings, open studios, gallery openings, and optional studio visits and conferences with our Visiting Artists and Writers. Learn more.
Deadline: June 15, 2018
Documentary Filmmakers The International Documentary Association (IDA) has two funding programs currently accepting applications from filmmakers. The IDA Pare Lorentz Doc Fund offers grants to documentary projects that reflect “the spirit and nature of Pare Lorentz’s work” and are in the production phase. The 2018 focus is “land and water.” Learn more. The IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund Development Grant provides funds projects that explore original, contemporary stories and integrate journalistic practice into the filmmaking process. Projects should be in the development phase. Learn more. IDA Program Officer Dana Merwin will present a webinar on both grants as part of the Center for Independent Documentary’s webinar series on Thursday, June 21, 2018, 12:30 PM. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Deadline for both IDA awards: September 1, 2018
Lo-Fi Photography The Somerville Toy Camera Festival seeks entries for its sixth annual celebration of toy and lo-fi photography. Images of any subject matter, made with a “toy” camera – any low-tech camera with no or very limited exposure control, such as pinhole, Holga, Diana/Diana clones, Brownie, Ansco, disposable cameras are eligible. The key criteria are plastic lenses and a lack of reliable exposure control. Straight Polaroid-type images, or images made with cell phones, digital cameras, or film cameras with full exposure control (such as the Lomo LC series), will not be considered. Learn more.
Deadline: June 24, 2018
Poets The Oscar Wilde Award from Gival Press will be given to the best unpublished original poem written in English related to gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender life by a poet who is 18 or older. Learn more.
Deadline: June 27, 2018
Poets Cider Press Review Editors’ Prize for a book-length poetry collection in English is now open. Winner receives an award of $1,000 and publication. All entrants will receive the winning book. Submit 48–80 page manuscript. Learn more.
Deadline: June 30, 2018
Poets Bauhan Publishing is currently submissions for the May Sarton NH Poetry Prize. $1,000 and book publication for a full-length poetry collection. Open to all poets. The judge is David Blair. Learn more.
Deadline: June 30, 2018 (postmark)
Exhibition Proposals The Brookline Arts Center accepts exhibition proposals twice per year. Their call for proposals encourages solo artists and groups of all levels to organize and present a professional exhibition with the guidance and support of their staff. The BAC’s gallery hosts up to three solo or group proposed exhibitions each calendar year. Their gallery committee consisting of local artists and art professionals makes the selections for a 2019 exhibition. Learn more.
Proposal Deadline: July 1, 2018
Printmakers Artist Mentorship Program Zea Mays Printmaking is offering a unique opportunity for a select group of artists seeking to deepen their artistic practice while developing their printmaking skills. The Artist Mentorship Program (AMP) pairs each participating artist with a Zea Mays Printmaking faculty mentor. Learn more.
Deadline: July 1, 2018
Chapbooks Bull City Press is open to chapbook-length manuscripts of poetry, fiction (especially flash fiction), and creative nonfiction during its Summer 2018 Chapbook Open Reading Period. Instead of charging a set reading fee, the reading fee is “pay what you want.” Learn more.
Deadline: July 5, 2018
Female Filmmakers Fuse Film Festival, a film festival that focuses on both emerging and established female filmmakers is currently accepting entries. Festival will take place in Pasadena California, during a three day jammed pack festival. Films that will be selected will showcase the talents of what female filmmakers can and have done! The only rule there is…the film must feature a female lead in the production aspect; producer, director, cinematographer and or writer. The film can have male roles in production, but the major key crew members must be female. When/Where: October 12-14, 2018, Los Angeles, CA. Learn more.
Deadline: July 16, 2018
Call to Artists The Massachusetts Horticultural Society invites artists to be a part of its 4th Annual Arts on the Green Evening at The Gardens at Elm Bank in Wellesley on Thursday, July 26, 5:30 – 8:00 pm. Visitors will wander the gardens, enjoy live music, and stroll through our Art Walk at this popular free event. There will also be activities, tours and refreshments. Artists are invited to participate in the Art Walk in their gardens — display your work, offer your work for sale, and/or showcase your talents en plein air. For more information or to be one of their showcased artists, email Amy Rodrigues at email@example.com or call 617-933-4934
Emerging Artists Kingston Gallery’s Emerging Artist Program (Boston) is currently accepting applications. The Emerging artist program was conceived to act as a stepping stone for an artist early in their career, into the professional art world of exhibiting and operating an artist run gallery. The artist should not currently be enrolled in a studio program as a student. The gallery will help an emerging artist show a body of new work in a professional setting. The emerging artist will be connected with experienced mentors who will educate them on the practical aspects of every day art gallery business. In addition, they will have the opportunity to voice their own vision and ideas about future goals for the gallery. Learn more.
Deadline: July 30, 2018
Call to Artists The BU Center for Humanities is currently accepting submissions for the art exhibit they plan to host in conjunction with their fall forum, Humanities Approaches to the Opioid Crisis. Boston area students, staff, alumni, and faculty are welcome to submit work to this juried exhibition. They will accept any 2D work (painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, and so forth) that adheres to the guidelines and reflects the themes of the event. Learn more.
Deadline: July 31, 2018
Artist Residency The Willapa Bay AiR offers month-long residencies to emerging and established visual artists, writers, poets, and musical composers in Washington state. The Residency provides lodging, all meals, and work space, at no cost, to six residents each month from March 1 through September 30 of the year. Willapa Bay AiR uses the SlideRoom online application system, and there is a $30 application fee. They do not accept applications submitted by any other means. Willapa Bay AiR welcomes residents from across the globe. Learn more.
Deadline: July 31, 2018
Image: Mother Maybelle playing guitar, Carter Sisters singing.